Google's Schmidt: Apple and Google holding 'lots and lots' of meetings

in General Discussion edited January 2014
In an interview on Thursday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said his company's relationship with Apple has improved over the past year, noting that executives have been holding "lots and lots" of talks to discuss a number of issues.

Google's Eric Schmidt during a 2012 interview with AllThingsD.

Speaking with Reuters at this year's Sun Valley retreat in Idaho, Schmidt let loose that Google and Apple have been participating in meetings over the past year, suggesting the two companies are working to resolve their differences.

Apple and Google are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," Schmidt said.

While details regarding these issues are left to speculation, Schmidt did reveal that Google's chief business officer Nikesh Arora led many of the meetings.

Once reasonably close partners, Apple and Google have drifted apart after the Internet search giant introduced its Android operating system, which has subsequently taken over the global smartphone market. Schmidt said during an interview in October 2012 that the battle between Apple's iOS and Google's Android is the "defining fight of the industry today."

Schmidt himself was once on Apple's board of directors, but stepped down in 2009 after the launch of Google's Chrome OS.

For its part, Apple has tried to relinquish its reliance of Google data in almost every aspect of iOS. For example, the first five iterations of Apple's mobile OS featured a suite of apps built on Google assets, including Maps and YouTube. With iOS 6, the Google Maps-driven Maps app was replaced by a solution Apple created from the ground up. The native YouTube app was also nixed, as was data feeding Apple's Siri virtual assistant.

Google ultimately created standalone versions of the erstwhile native apps, and in the case of YouTube, launched the title before iOS 6 was even released.

The original YouTube app's deprecation from iOS was a blessing in disguise for Google, as it freed the company to show ads, something Apple did not allow with the old version. The streaming video site's vice president of sales recently reported that ad revenue had tripled in the past six months, suggesting the app's removal from iOS was a key factor in driving revenue.


  • Reply 1 of 79
    bleh1234bleh1234 Posts: 146member
    Another click bait
  • Reply 2 of 79
    richard getzrichard getz Posts: 1,142member
    Fool me once...
  • Reply 3 of 79
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Judas also participated in lots and lots of meetings with Jesus in regards to their relationship...

    [SIZE=1](No, I don't actually believe in the bible!)[/SIZE]

    [B]Eric: "Sorry! We really, really fucked up! I'm really sorry about everything that happened!"
    Apple: "**** off'.[/B]

    That, is defined as an Eric Schmidt meeting.
  • Reply 4 of 79

    You wish Schmuck!! Apple iAD is taking over the high-end advertising where all the money is. Apple is dumping all your default services and using Bing for Siri. And last but not least is iOS getting rid of using the UDID for your advertising "slurp all information from everyone" ways. Maybe you shouldn't have changed Android's user interface direction (keyboard to touch) after attending the confidential Apple board meetings. Schmidt is Apple's public enemy #1

  • Reply 5 of 79
    There are some companies that think they can do everything. And Google is one of them. They should have listened to Steve Job's advice and "do just a few things great." They shouldn't turn their partners into competitors. It is a flawed business model.
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    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    Bad news if true. Whenever he isn't being an inept fool, Schmidt is a dishonest egomaniac.
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    red oakred oak Posts: 949member
    If I were Apple, I'd offer new users, backup reinstalls, and software upgrades the option of selecting Bing as their default search provider. I'd put the Bing option above Google on the page

    And Boom. Watch 30% of Google's mobile business in the US evaporate overnight

    Apple should start by making this part of the iOS7 ilaunch install

    F*** Schmidt
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    shogunshogun Posts: 362member
    Sounds like something a loser says to make it sound like they're still in the game. They might be having plenty of talks, but Apple's made it clear they want anyone but Samsung making their parts and anyone but google providing content, except when said excellence makes them the only game in town.
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    xsnowxsnow Posts: 5member
    The relationship could have been well all the time, if Schmidt did not SPY in Apple's board and steal. Dirty cheater.
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    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member

    He looks like a pumpkin.

  • Reply 11 of 79
    icarbonicarbon Posts: 196member
    No, he looks like a squirrel.
  • Reply 12 of 79
    Good news, this means the customers win, now google and Microsoft need to get locked into a room.

    I want to take Microsoft, facebook, google, and Apple lock them into a room together and don't let them out until facebook messenger, hangouts, skype, and imessage communicate with each other.
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    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,500member
    Everything has been said in this thread I would have said, except more politely.
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    Originally Posted by bleh1234 View Post

    Another click bait


    True. It's 20% "new info" and 80% padding (rehashing what we already know.)

    That new info could be summed by who?, what?, when?, where? questions. Answers: Eric Schmidt, constant discussions on lots of issues, today, Sun Valley Idaho.

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    mj webmj web Posts: 918member


    Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

    Bad news if true. Whenever he isn't being an inept fool, Schmidt is a dishonest egomaniac.

    And has a nauseating face to boot!

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    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,921member
    Does anyone trust creepy Eric any more?
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    poksipoksi Posts: 482member

    Talking to Google?


    Well, Chamberlain and Daladier  have talked to Hitler during 1938. We all know what came out of it. One a thief, always one....

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    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post

    Does anyone trust creepy Eric any more?



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    Edit: Never mind.

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